Battersby, '14, Explores Great Lakes Economic Evolution in Chicago

Gerry Battersby, '14
Gerry Battersby, '14, combined his knowledge in political science, economics, and history with the research opportunities available as a participant in the Newberry Research Fellowship Program in Chicago to begin working on a thesis analyzing the economic evolution of the Great Lakes region after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 along with the installation of railroads in the 1850s.

Judges and Politics Are Subject of Albion College Aldrich Lecture

Syracuse University scholar Keith Bybee explains how "All Judges Are Political, Except When They're Not" for Albion College's David H. Aldrich Memorial Lecture Monday, November 5, at 7 p.m. in the Norris Center Towsley Auditorium.

Bybee is the Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper '72 Judiciary Studies Professor at the College of Law at Syracuse University. He also directs Syracuse's Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media. His latest book, "All Judges Are Political - Except When They Are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law," examines Americans' beliefs that the courts are biased in favor of one group or another, and heir extraordinary willingness to rely on the courts to right wrongs and render justice.

The Aldrich Speaker Forum honors the life and memory of David Aldrich, '75, a trial lawyer and chair of the Litigation Practice Group at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith P.C., where he worked from 1978 until his untimely death in 2006.

This event, sponsored by Albion's Law, Justice and Society program, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Albion College Institutional Advancement secretary Brenda Brigham at or 517/629-0402.

ACLU Michigan Director Discusses News Headlines


Michael Steinberg

ACLU Michigan legal director Michael Steinberg clarifies some of the State's hot-button legal issues in a public address at Albion College Thursday, October 4, at 7 p.m. in the College's Bobbitt Visual Arts Center. Steinberg will touch on gay rights, immigrant rights, affirmative action and other issues involved in current legislation and legal disputes.

Steinberg has served as legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan since 1997 and is responsible for overseeing all litigation taken on by the ACLU throughout the state. With the Michigan ACLE, he has been involved in issues including freedom of speech and expression post 9-11, religious freedom, racial justice, LGBT rights, police misconduct, women’s rights and voting rights. In 2007 he was selected by Harvard Law School as a public interest fellow and he is currently an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School.

Steinberg's address is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sally Walker, vice president for student affairs, at or 517/629-0226.

Congressman Dave Camp, '75, Delivers Aldrich Lecture

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, '75Sharing his behind-the-scenes assessment of how Congress can and may improve America's economic health, Congressman Dave Camp, '75, delivered the 2012 Aldrich Lecture in Law, Justice & Society on March 13. Students, faculty, staff, and a number of community members and trustees gathered in Towsley Hall to hear Camp's analysis of current issues based in part on his work on the Bowles-Simpson Commission and the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the "supercommittee").

Representing Michigan's fourth Congressional district and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Camp is centrally involved with national, economic, health care and social welfare policy.

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